Ann Arbor College Game Day Misdemeanors
As an alum of the University of Michigan, and a current resident of Ann Arbor with a wife and kids, I am very familiar with the the game day scene on a football weekend. On a typical football weekend in Ann Arbor, the local police departments issue around 300 tickets for various misdemeanors such as open intoxicant, minor in possession, urinating in public, fake ID, disorderly conduct, drunk driving and assault & battery.
My phone rings off the hook from around 9 am on Saturday to the following Monday afternoon, as the people who are cited for these tickets or their family members contact me for help. You're likely reading this right now on a football Saturday or soon after a football weekend, and you're looking for answers, and a way to resolve your case or a loved one's case with little to no impact on their criminal record.
The good news is that the judges at the 15th District Court are quite understanding of what happens on a football weekend, and the prosecuting attorney also shares in this understanding. The bad news is that all of these offenses are misdemeanors punishable by jail and or probation, and would result in a criminal record if nothing is done about the offense and ticket.
From a typical football weekend, approximately 15-20 new clients hire me to help with their case. Some of these clients are from Michigan, and familiar with the Ann Arbor area, but some are from out of town either visiting someone who attends the University of Michigan, or in town to enjoy the game day experience. Many clients leave town with a pending case, and no direction on what to do next. I work with a lot of out of town clients who leave town immediately after the football weekend, and are now back home trying to figure out how to respond to the charges from Ann Arbor. Typically I am able to assist these clients from a distance, and these clients can be excused from court.
The #1 goal for any game day offense is to keep it from going on your criminal record, and if possible avoiding jail and probation. Although the judges and prosecutors are understanding of the situation, it's not an excuse for committing a crime. Because of the serious nature of a misdemeanor, I tell clients that we must change the story of their case immediately. Your experience in Ann Arbor is limited to the crime itself when a prosecutor and judge look at your case. They don't know anything else about you such as where you work, where you go to school, and why you cannot afford a criminal record, or even the time and expense of coming back to town over and over again to resolve your case.
In order to reach my client's goal of resolving their case in a favorable manner, I put all of my clients on my proactive game day plan. Here are the ten steps that we will take together.
Step #1 - You're issued a ticket
Step #2 - You go online or speak to someone and you find me
Step #3 - You review the applicable videos on the right to learn more about the 15th District Court, the judge, prosecutors and your offense.
Step #4 - We discuss your case, I learn more about you and we set goals and put a plan in place to to avoid a criminal record
Step #5 - We finalize an agreement to work together
Step #6 - My legal team of assistants will file my attorney appearance with the police department, the court and the prosecutor
Step #7 - We obtain the police reports, videos, audio and any applicable discovery to learn everything about your case
Step #8 - You begin my comprehensive proactive game day program, which changes the perception of who you are, from game day troublemaker to someone who had an isolated moment in time, and overall you're a very responsible person
Step #9- If you're an out-of-state resident or you live in Michigan, but you're unable to attend school, because of work, we work to have you excused from attending court
Step #10 - We go to court, and finalize the goals we set for your case.
You can call me or text (248-924-9458) or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) before, during or after the Michigan Football game, and I will respond quite quickly. I may tell you that I am at the game or watching the game, but I will begin the process with you.
I will likely confirm that you have reviewed the applicable videos, and ask you to tell me more about your unique case. From there you'll ask me all of the questions that you have, and I will get the necessary information from you. From there, I will decide if I am interested in taking on your case; if so, we will discuss your goals and setup a comprehensive plan to reach those goals.
Call Me: 248-924-9458
15th District Court - Ann Arbor
301 E. Huron Street - Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone Number: 734-794-6759